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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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115 Reviews
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Reviews: 115
Hads: 654
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 93
Gots: 100 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: starrdogg on 08-09-2011

Clara (1906-1969) was our grandfather’s sister; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Grisette is crafted from American malted barley, Vermont Organic Wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Clara.

Pale Malt, Organic Vermont Wheat, American and European Hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water
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Reviews: 115 | Hads: 654
Photo of cfrances33
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy orange with a two and a half finger white head. Head hangs around for a little bit, and has a little bit of lacing.

Smell: A tart lemon zest up front, followed by spicy yeast and white pepper. A light biscuity malt sweetness.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly, with a really nice tart lemon bite up from, and a great biscuity sweetness. A light yeast and white pepper on the finish. Simple but delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crazy drinkable. Lemon tartness lingers on the back of the tongue for a while. Very, very refreshing.

Overall: A beautiful easy drinking beer. I can only imagine how great this would be on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this delicious saison poured from the 750ml bottle into HF glasses.
Pours a nice medium amber with frothy head.
Smells are really interesting, some dankness, lots of yeasty tang, good hop characteristics and some very strong bready malts. Complex.
Taste is right there with the aromas. Picked up the floral hops much more on the tongue, the tangy yeast and bready malts works so well together.
Mouthfeel was clean, bubbly and refreshing.
I was very impressed by this beer.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold-yellow color with good clarity on the first pour and some moderate haze on subsequent pours. Head formation is tight, and leaves great lace on the side.

Fresh aroma with some citrusy, tangerine like fruit notes as well as leafy, green notes that remind me of bay leaf or some other herb.

At first I thought this was over-bittered, but as it warmed the fruity yeast notes came to the forefront and it became more balanced. Along with the grassy bitterness is a tart, wheaty malt flavor that goes really well with the rustic yeast. Body and flavor suggest this is more than 4% ABV, but it is still very refreshing/quenching. Carbonation is very high, which is perfect for this beer.

Overall: This beer was enjoyable enough to open my second bottle. It was a bit pricy, but I thought it was worth the purchase. I would love to see this on tap somewhere.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light, delicate, yeasty and refreshingly effervescent, this is a beer I'd like to drink for hours on a hot summer day. The light bready malts have some sourdough and mild yogurt undertones which are balanced by a lemony tartness. The effervescent sparkling carbonation is what makes this beer. Overall, this is an excellent table beer. Simpler than other HF saisons but just as enjoyable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from tasting on 11/16. thanks to dat for hooking up the bottle. enjoyed from a hill farmstead wineglass.

a - pours a murky orange yellow with a fizzy head that hung out a bit. the bottle was a bit of a gusher. lacing is a bit stringy and swirling the glass really makes it happen.

s - grassy with some hints of soft fruit and lemon, quite rustic.

t - clean and crisp. some lemon. just super balanced and delicious.

m - super easy drinking and just fantastic.

o - wow. this is a really nice saison with great balance in all the right places. really just enjoyable. hill farmstead really just makes killer saisons (and ipas, and pretty much beer in general).

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Photo of rtepiak
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i'm had this beer before but mind you am review a year old bottle.

a personal favorite style. the table saison that has minimal accent in the spectrum of hill farmstead saisons but a lot of dimension for a beer that is 4%abv. beautiful pour. never seen an american beer with such a successful belgian whipped head. nose of lemon zest subdued in wheat yeastiness. lemon balm, grass and creaminess that is quite suitable for game bird lightly spiced. mild funk but more noble hops grassiness. extremely drinkable and smooth with a popular beer conception. i wish it replaced the american lager forever.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A picture perfect summer night brought upon the desire for a beer of just this caliber. My first introduction to the Grisette style by way of a brewery I have come to enjoy greatly as of late.

Upon opening the bottle and pouring the first few ounces into the glasses awaiting I was met by a hazy, copper colored liquid with a dense head of bright carbonation. The aromas were distinct with qualities similar to that of hay or a wide open field among the rural country. Dried citrus peels, some lemon, wheat, damp wood and earthy yeast were all arising from the glass. Quite lovely as this didn't have an overly funky quality, more rustic with the complexities similar to herbs and spices. Smelled great with grass under foot.

Tasting the beer under the late day sun shine was a perfect pairing in it's own way. Great carbonation was apparent with the mouthfeel being quite impressive for a beer clocking in at only 4%. Flavors ranged from germinated wheat, oatmeal, wild flowers with some distant bitter hops lingering at the end. Delicious and different that a typical saison, as the big fruity esters were not as pronounced and a more grainy, almost hearth oven toasted bread flavor was apparent.

This would be a staple in our home if we could realistically obtain bottles. Fresh but still rustic with refreshment coming from a distinct simplicity that was quite admirable. With each beer, Hill Farmstead is proving that the honest path is the most admirable. Very well done.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw, hay, and wheat are the stars here. Balanced and quenching. Light tartness but generally that farmhouse character you expect from HF in a lighter body.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Vermont by a friend and brought back for me. Thanks, Dave!

This one pours a light golden honey amber, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like white grape juice, honey, tartness, hay, some minerality, and flowers.

This is a pretty unique farmhouse ale in Shaun Hill's big stable of them. It's much lower alcohol than most of the other shelf saisons, therefore, the flavor is definitely lighter. That doesn't mean it's bad though, it's so crushable and drinkable, it's insane. There's still a lot going on at this ABV, there's definitely some damp hay-like Brett flavors, white grape/white wine, honey, and some grainy mineral water character. It's pretty floral as well, and just mildly tart. Really excellent.

This is light bodied, crisp and airy, with a higher level of carbonation.

A really nice change-up here from Hill Farmstead, I could drink gallons of this stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Avalon68 for opening this up to compare with the forthcoming grisette from Terry. Served in a short tumbler.

Pours a nice, slightly-hazed straw-yellow with a good, sticky white head that persists for quite sometime and leaves a sheet of solid lace on the sides of the glass.

Nose brings forward some nice aromas of white pepper with a little bit of black in there. Notes of earth as well as straw come through. Mild wheaty character. Great lemon rind comes through as well, quickly becoming the most-dominant portion of the brew. Flavor is similarly intense, yet mellow at the same time. Subtle fruit notes plus a nice bit of pepper and yeast throughout. Lemon rind abounds.

Light body with good carbonation and a very nice finish, which is fairly dry. Thirst-quenching and delicious. This is quite the session brew. This was the first grisette that I've had, and Shaun really did wonders for the style.

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Big thanks to Ryan for sending me this packed into yet another stellar box o' beer! Clara is a bright golden libation with orange hues when the light is right. A good deal of haze makes the body tough to see through but does amplify the glow. The head is easy to produce, even on a soft pour I get a thick cap of silky white foam that leaves patchwork lacing on its way down.

Wow, musty wheat leaps from the glass as I pour. Wheat steals the show but there's a good amount of lesser components. An earthy, hard water element makes itself known shortly after the wheat. The yeast and hop blend add perfume driven depth, floral and modest. A solid squeeze of lemon brightens it all up. There's a little must, a little wildflower, a touch of the wild as a whole, but it's perfectly balanced. Impressive, very impressive!

The flavor profile is bright and quenching. Wheat melds perfectly with barley for a seamless concoction. It's fresh and straight from the farm. Floral qualities flash through at the back of the throat while lemon runs throughout, a touch of acidity livens it up. Phil Harmstead's yeast add, again, some of that wild; hard water, wildflowers, fresh cut hay. This is a damn good beer.

You're met with, appropriately, a lively, bubbly mouthfeel to keep the light body moving at a respectable pace. It's light and airy, thirst quenching and dry. The finish even leaves a soft bitterness in its wake accentuated by that dryness. They nailed the mouthfeel on this beer, near perfect for the style.

Of all the good to great Hill Farmstead farmhouse beers out there floating around this is up at or near the top of my favorites. It's rustic and bright, complex yet easy drinking, and a joy to partake on every level. This is a beer worth buying as much as possible. Thanks again, Ryan!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split

Nice low ABV offering to start off a session on a very hot Seattle afternoon - lovely peach color and strongly carbonated. Nice notes of grassy, hay, lemon, light yeasty tartness, a touch of rye, oak. This was good and receives considerably less fanfare than many other HF beers - don't believe the anti-hype.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky bright golden-yellow color with a creamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind

S- earthy and funky with some dried hay and must, lemon peel and coriander

T- tart up front with notes of earth and hay, followed by tart lemon peel, peppery spice, floral hop and yeasty dry finish

M- light body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry, crisp finish

O- very enjoyable saison that's loaded with flavor at under 5% ABV

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle purchased at the HF brewery into a tulip glass. Comes out golden with the slightest haze, nice white head sticks around and leaves some lacing. Mixed aroma on this, a little yeasty but also a little hoppy, pretty nice. Good flavor, too. It definitely has some obvious hop notes swirling around, citrusy and bitter. Nice sweet malt is doughy and not too much. Solid yeast flavor to give it that characteristic farmhouse taste. Light body, tons of carbonation, benchmark mouthfeel. For 4% this has a ton of flavor, very well done.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL Bottle bottled on 6/2013

A-Poured a robust golden straw color. The body is on the hazy side. A very thin white head was poured and receded back into the body. The lacing of the beer is there but minimal and stays on the glass.

S-Aroma is full of citrus zest of lemon and lime. The yeast gives off a pepper smell and the malt is perceived as freshly baked bread crust. There is a funkiness to this beer that melds well with the rest of the aroma.

T-That funkiness found in the nose is more profound in the taste. Yeast driven the taste is with a rounded citrus/acidic taste full of esters. The wheat and pale malt give a nice back bone to the yeast forwardness and the hops though subtle, help to keep it a nice rounded enjoyable beer.

M-Definition of a saison. More on the thin side for the mouth feel with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated.

O-A very enjoyable saison. The funkiness threw me off at first because I was not expecting any brett characteristics. Still highly enjoyable and love the drinkability with the low abv. Perfect for a 90 plus degree night here in southeast PA.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheLostGringo for sending this one my way - always excited to get Hill Farmstead stuff. Clara pours out like liquid gold - bright and beaming and completely solidified in terms of color; we are at 100% opacity. A slushy, white head builds up nicely, then breaks down and recedes almost as quick, leaving only a few spots of wet webbing on the side of the glass.

Hmmm... smells like a farm. A beautiful farm. Grassy notes, heavy must, lemon-lime zest, a mild citrus spritz and a moderate amount of lightly cheesy, barnyard funk. Yeasty, clumpy, with just a touch of spices and a faint tartness that brings everything together. Very masterful and refined on the nose - it just smells so refreshing, dry, and "well made".

There's a nice, slightly biting tartness that nips the tip of the tongue with each sip accompandied by a light basket of lemon zest and citrus flesh. The hops quickly come marching in; grassy, leafy, and one shade shy of floral. I haven't even swallowed the first sip yet, but I can already tell that this beer is a major rejuvenation and could easily be substituted as a thirst quencher.

A good bit of funk settles in mid-palate and lasts through the finish. Musty wood, light cheesecloth, and dust spread across an old, damp barnyard floor. The finish contains a good amount of that funk along with a lemon and apple skin, fruity reprieve. Tight, tight carbonation. Tight like a motherfuckin' tiger, snapping your tongue and whipping it into shape. Bold bodied for only 4% ABV, yet still relatively thin on the grand scale.

Wow, what a delicious beer. It would be so much dreamier in 12 oz bottles sold as six packs. This would be a definitely summer rotater. But alas! We must trade away our goods for a single 750 mL sized bottle. I'm not complaining too much, though, as I was generously hooked up and this beer would be worth it anyway. I was lovin' it hard. Refreshing, crisp, tasty, with insane, off the charts drinkability levels.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2L growler poured into a wine glass (from notes):

A: Pours pale yellow/straw, hazy, less than a finger of bubbly white head. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: Light floral/spicy hops with a little lemon, lots of toasted malts/biscuit, some funk.

T: What else would I expect from HFS. A lovely balance of light hop character, same as the nose, with a ton of malt character. The malt base isn't big nor thick, but as always with HFS, it has a ton of flavor. Layers and layers of grains (biscuit, buckwheat?, toasted malts, etc). I really don't know how he does it! Slight funk and tartness in the middle. Finish is clean with just a tiny bit of bitterness.

M: Light body and slightly high carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Another fantastic beer from Shaun. This might be the most flavorful 4% beer I've ever had. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 8/11/15, cheers liamt07 for sending the bottle my way

A slight haze in a golden orange body, just a couple tiny bubbles popping up here and there, a finger of foam only lasts a few sips and leaves no lace

S lots of tropical hops, pineapple, mango, lemon, and orange, plenty of wet stone, a nice yeast profile, some white grape, maybe some honey? lots going on in a 4%er

T more of the same and there's nothing wrong with that, mineral water, lots of hops and yeast, everything meshes together, just a hint of pine

M light bodied, more bubbles then I'd guess after looking at it, a little grit on the palate, long but mild rind and earthy finish

O my bottle pretty much empty at this point, this stuff just sinks into my face in no time, well rounded and I could've gone a little higher for smell and taste so a little bump overall

Plenty happening in something I could session all day long without getting board. Great little thirst quencher that was gone in no time, super drinkable and I wish I had another

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a giant uncontrollable head on this beer atop a light golden clear colored body.

The aroma is full of sweet honey malt with some peppery spice.

The taste is very dry and crisp. There is a lot of pepper flavor and it's full of earthy spice.

This is light and strikes a good balance between being creamy and sparkling.

This is delicious. It's light and very drinkable with lots of flavor.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 8/29/15 at the new Hill Farmstead tasting room

A: Medium gold, with some touches of tangerine - nice clarity - large white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Intentionally mild, some nice funky aromas - Hill Farmstead saison yeast, lightly funky, with some spice and pepper - light citrus with a touch of lemon - floral and lightly earthy - pale malts, light malts, touch of wheat - lightly fruity esters

T: Clean, light, bright saison - nice Hill Farmstead yeast, as expected, with some pepper, spice, light fruity esters - light citrus, lemon, orange rind - touches of grass, earthiness, herbal notes - green apples - light bread, touch of wheat - extremely clean, extremely refreshing

M: Light body, perfect carbonation, dry, crisp, clean finish

O: Session saison is the new saison

This is bursting with Hill Farmstead saison magic, yet it's brilliantly light and drinkable. This does not taste like a watered-down Arthur or Florence, either. It's its own thing, and it is quite lovely.

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Photo of rodkin
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber-orange with a 2-3 finger head, big and fluffy. Reduces slowly with nice lacing.

Smell is big yeast, earthiness, slight spice, followed by a sweet fruity brightness - citrus and apple, maybe peach.

I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't that. Slight breadiness, berliner-style tartness, citrus, wheat and grain, finishes with a grassy, earthy flavor and some peppery spice. Quite a bit tarter than I was expecting, and very flavorful - especially for the ABV.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, heavily carbonated.

This beer is very sessionable. One of the best saisons I've had.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the idea here, a nice, small, funkified table beer. And, boy howdy, with some age on this, the funk is legit, almost teeth-melting in sour acidity. More than enough body, so no concerns there. Overall, a tasty, sour treat that won't wobble your legs. My only advice is to figure out how you prefer your sour saisons. For me, I think too much age makes these a little one dimensional, so I recommend drinking sooner rather than later. YMMV, of course.

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Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml bottle into snifter.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a fluffy 2.5 finger white head. Retention is excellent and there is webbed lacing that coats the glass.

S - Aromas of citrus, lemon/lime, and floral notes. There a distinct musty wheat aroma and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints of spice and funk.

T - A tart and citrusy start, with lemon zest and grapefruit peel. Floral and earthy hops along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice and funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic soft carbonation. Quite easy to drink on a summer day picnic..

O - Quality Saison brewed with terrific ingredients. Continue to be impressed with Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, dated 6.12.2015, poured into a white Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, golden hues with a solid two fingers of white head, foamy and soapy with good retention and a few spots of lace. The aroma is lovely, tart wheat, citrus, wildflower and pale doughy malt, light mineral water qualities. The flavors echo the nose, lovely tart wheat, lemon citrus, light yeastiness, mineral water, doughy malt, biscuity with a light spice, excellent light and simple table beer profile. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp, above average carbonation that coats well with a crisp dry finish.

Verdict: A great Grisette, flavorful, balanced, delicate and really refreshing. Everything a low ABV table saison should be and another great saison in Hill Farmstead's portfolio.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden to slightly orange color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, yeast, hint of tartness,floral, hint of lemon

T-wheat, lemon, floral,yeast, nice tartness, hint of herbal

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, slightly astringent

O-nice rustic farmhouse ale, good flavors

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.